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I noticed something new on a recent downtown walk. The Metropolitan Improvement District has installed 20 "Big Belly" solar powered trash compactors along 3rd Ave between University Ave and Stewart. How cool is that! But, the MID cleaning folks have their work cut out for them in educating the public about their use. People just aren't getting it. Rather than place trash in the new compactors, folks seem to be tossing trash along with recyclables into the recycling bins. Maybe better signage would help, like a big TRASH label painted just above the compactor's opening. The MID keeps downtown clean and provides helpful foot and bike safety patrols for downtown visitors and businesses. I showed you this photo of one of their ranks here in this November 2006 photo.